The Wonders of Wheat Germ Oil

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I recently discovered the amazing benefits of wheat germ oil for skin and hair. Wheat germ oil is a fantastic health and beauty superfood for its rich content of vitamin A, D, and E, as well as essential fatty acids, lecithin, protein, minerals, and vitamin B-1, B-2, B-3, B-6, and F.  Its high antioxidant and regenerative properties make wheat germ oil a perfect addition to any beauty regimen.  I’ve found a few wonderful ways to use wheat germ oil daily.

DIY Nourishing Face Body & Hair Oil

What you will need:

Unrefined Coconut Oil

Wheat Germ Oil

Tamanu Oil

Mix 4 tablespoons of coconut oil1-2 tablespoons of wheat germ oil, and 1-2 tablespoons of tamanu oil in a bowl.  If the coconut oil is in its solid state, you can warm it slightly in a double boiler or just mash it a bit.  Do not allow the wheat germ oil or tamanu oil to be heated with the coconut oil as they are more sensitive to heat.  Add the other two oils separately without heat.  Store in a clean glass jar for daily use.

This oil blend will help with scars, stretch marks, mature aging skin, sunburned skin, dermatitis, and dehydrated skin and hair.  Feel free to play with the ratios of oils to discover what works best for you.  If you are acne prone omit tamanu and coconut oil for oils higher in linoleic acid.

Wheat Germ Oil For Hair

Wheat Germ Oil is great to add to deep conditioning or pre-shampoo oil treatments, as a scalp massage oil for increased circulation, and to protect the ends of hair.  Wheat germ oil is a ceramide oil and will increase lost moisture to the hair while adding shine, strength, and softness.  There is no other oil which softens my hair as much as wheat germ oil.

Wheat Germ Oil For Health

The essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals in wheat germ oil are wonderful for the overall health of our bodies and organs.  It is extremely beneficial for our immune, nervous, reproductive, and cardivascular system.  I’ve also included 1-3 teaspoons of wheat germ oil to my Minimalist Beauty Smoothie as another action packed beauty food ingredient.  A teaspoon of wheat germ oil can also be added to non-dairy yogurt, oatmeal, or juice.

The shelf life of wheat germ oil is about 6-8 months and should be refrigerated.  It works well with other carrier oils especially for increased shelf life, and because of its strong aroma.

Wheat germ oil is also an oil high in linoleic acid.  Read more about these types of oils here.

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  1. Dawn Michelle says

    Hi lea,
    My hair is dense with fine strands and tends to be dry. I personally prefer to apply oils or my favorite coconut milk/oilas a pre-poo to dry hair. I also do my henna treatments on dry hair as well. Do whatever is easiest and also whatever your hair responds well to. Sometimes it is trial and error to see what works the best. Hope that helps!
    ~Dawn Michelle

  2. Dawn Michelle says

    Hi Misha,
    Wheat germ oil is one carrier oil that has said to be refrigerated after opening on certain bottles. It had a shelf life of two years. After you open it I would start refrigerating it then.
    Enjoy your day!

  3. misha says

    Thanks for your reply. By the way which essential oil would go well with wheat germ oil? It has a rather distinctive scent…..

  4. BrownCurls says

    I have just recently started learning about Wheat Germ Oil as well. Another possible benefit is that it has a naturally high SPF. And it can be combined with carrot seed oil which has a high SPF as well. Apparently according to the all knowing Google, a combo of wheat 80% +20% carrot seed can provide an spf as high as 40. I am getting ready to try and test this on my skin. If so, I kight move to using my other oil mix (with tamanu, Rosehip, jojoba) for my evening oil and use the wheat/carrot mix as my daytime oil.

    Also, I’ve learned that you need to apply oils to damp skin, they do absorb so much better that way. You can spritz with just distilled water or a combo of aloe juice and distilled water. Apparently skin can get thristy too!

  5. Dawn Michelle says

    Hi BrownCurls, This is awesome information! I’ve been using carrot seed essential oil in one of my facial serums, yet I had no idea that it could create such a high SPF mixed with my beloved wheat germ oil. Wheat germ oil is my current absolute favorite for my hair. I do mix wheat germ oil with essential oil to create a sweet scent though. If you can remember where you found the info online please share the link. I also love what you said about oil absorbing better in the skin when wet. I believe that is the main reason why toners are so popular. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. BrownCurls says

    Hi Dawn!

    yes, I find the whole SPF thing fascinating. I have a child who is very fair and freckles easily and this is a very high risk factor for god forbid, the terrible “C”. But I have always been weary of layering him in thick SPF creams full of chemicals, which I do nonetheless have to use when it is high summer and he’s out all day. So I am very interested in any possible alternatives.

    As far as carrot seed oil, the source that keeps coming up as cited is some study in 2009 by Pharmacognosy Magazine. I haven’t located it yet, but I read about it here:http://wakeup-world.com/2012/05/14/natural-sunscreen/ and here: http://happyzine.co.nz/2012/01/18/the-good-news-about-natures-spf-protection-by-joel-le-blanc/

    Here’s another summary about SPF in oils that has some references at the bottom: http://www.ehow.com/list_7557101_natural-oils-contain-spf.html

    Here’s a natural sunscreen that uses zinc oxide but also some great oils like jojoba, olive and shea. I like the list of ingredients, and it is very reasonably priced (I am paying $20 for 2.5oz of DeVita while this is $11 for 5oz) Unfortunately shipping was another $5, but still cheaper than DeVita, So I am giving it a try, specially to see if it works for my son as he really doesn’t need the HA in DeVita’s.

    The concern I have with the oil as SPF is that it is not water resistant, so for kids that’s tough when they are swimming in the summer, and also, I don’t know how often you have to reapply even outside the water, especially in my case with kids. I have a feeling that ongoing use must have some positive cumulative effect, but who knows.

  7. BrownCurls says

    Hi Dawn: thanks for that link for your review of sunscreens. We did use Badger last Summer, it is pretty thick though. The kids definitely walked around white faced LOL they don’t really stand still long enough for me to blend it in. But if I can’t find anything better, we’ll probably go back it to it. Glad to see it made your list of safe ingredients.

  8. Dawn Michelle says

    Hi BrownCurls, Yes I agree that Badger’s sunscreen is really thick. I also have used it for the base of my DIY foundation. That stuff doesn’t sweat off either.

  9. Dawn Michelle says

    Hi Veronica,
    I prefer zinc oxide based sunscreens because they are considered healthier than titanium dioxide. It is kind of a sensitive topic in general as you can also find debates that zinc oxide may not be that great either, yet chemical sunscreen ingredients definitely need to be avoided. Here is an article I wrote on sunscreens. There are a few natural oils and butters that have some sun protection as well, but that is an article in itself. I’ll check out the recipe when I get a chance too!